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Essentially a summary of work analysis films which were taken by Frank B. Gilbreth between 1910 and 1924 showing a number of industrial operations from which the motion study technique was developed.

Producer Presented by James S. Perkins in collaboration with Dr. Lillian M. Gilbreth & Dr. Ralph M. Barnes
Sponsor Chicago Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management.
Audio/Visual silent, b&w


Essentially a summary of work analysis films which were taken by Frank B. Gilbreth between 1910 and 1924 showing a number of industrial operations from which the motion study technique was developed. Pictures a sleepy street in Montclair, New Jersey; the Gilbreth family with nine of their eleven children; and numerous experiments in motion study, including paper box assembly, bricklaying, typing (typewriting), small parts assembly, etc.

Contains selections from the 250,000 feet of 35mm film that Dr. Gilbreth amassed in his analysis and development of time and motion study. The selected films study the methods of various tasks necessary in factory production of and distribution of goods. In addition they demonstrate how Dr. GilbrethÕs methods increased efficiency in motion and skill with a resultant increase in productivity in these tasks. Dr. GilbrethÕs principles of time and motion study originated at the time of the horse drawn wagon and the invention of the horse-less carriage. The selected clips feature: 1. A city street in Montclair, New Jersey, with horse drawn carriages, horse drawn wagons, and horseless buggies passing by. 2. A clip of Dr. and Mrs. Gilbreth and nine of their eleven living children.; Motion Study footage includes: 1. the study of Òthe worlds oldest mechanical trade-- bricklaying.Ó Compares original method of fixed station of materials in piles to Gilbreth method which features changes in scaffolding height, accessibility of materials to avoid unnecessary movements, and organization of materials in packet form. Analysis and results of Gilbreth method versus original method are compared in motions per brick, bricks per hour, and increase in productivity. 2. Dating requisitions; one hand method vs. two hand method vs. two hands & one foot. 3. Edging and polishing glycerine soap. 4. Labeling cartons. 5. Packing Soap. 6. Planning a conveyor feed for a factory packing operation. 7. The control system of inventory for a hardware/goods store. 8. The development of lift trucks to expedite movement of materials. 9. The development of route models to study the process and flow of materials which are the basis for any manufacturing plant design. 10. Studies of 1 handed vs. 2 handed work in packing materials. 11. Study and comparison of machine that can pre-position parts vs. operation of machine with non pre-positioned parts. 12. Slicing of a variety of edible nuts (ie. almonds, filberts) demonstrated in the two hand holding method vs. the Gilbreth method with safety holder. 13. Filing of small parts. 14. Arm assembly clip demonstrates how the use and application of a packet tray of parts in proper order obviates the necessary and very time consuming reference to blue prints in old method. New method allows one motion grasp which increases productivity however, requires an additional employee-- stock boy to assemble packets. 15. Packet for parts of a Pierce Arrow motor displayed. 16. Motor jack for motor assembly demonstrated and displayed. 17. Frederick TaylorÕs pig carrying experiment which demonstrates the methods with and without rest periods. Compares figures of work load, productivity and pay with and without rest periods. 18. Study of occupations of post-World War I crippled soldiers. Use of magnetic tack hammer for one handled disabled individuals, secretary to Mayor of Boston and his special typewriter, typewriter for another one armed typist. 19. Woman who became a champion typist as a result of Dr. GilbrethÕs instruction and study of the development of the skill. 20. Study of eye movements in conjunction with hand motions-- close up of womanÕs face only-- no arm hand motions revealed??21. Part of a study of finger motions which led to the simplified keyboard we use today for typewriters. ÒThe arrangement of keys was made to distribute work in accordance with finger capacities thus increasing typists productivity.Ó Close up of typistsÕ fingers at work with a grid superimposed. 22. Study of crew skills on the Hudson features shots of a large scull with crew demonstrating timing and stroke. 24. Dr. Gilbreth suggested that motion study principles could easily be applied to surgical procedures as well as manufacturing operations. Study of surgical procedure demonstrates the location of surgical instruments on patients chest allowing one grasp motions. ÒIn case your concerned-- the operation was successful.Ó; Gilbreth suggested standardization of surgical routines and assigned specific duties to each doctor and nurse for all common types of operations. In his studies he assigned numbers (ie.1, 2, and 3 for doctors and letters A, B, and C etc. for nurses) Footage of operating room with grid on walls, depicts doctors in numbered scrubs and nurses in lettered scrubs at work. 25. Displays and demonstrates the cyclegraph (a light attached to fingers with flashing device) used by Dr. Gilbreth to study skill. Shots include lights on and lights off. 26. Cyclegraph applied to operation of drill press with lights on and in semi darkness. 27. Motion models made from data collected by Gilbreth are 3-D model versions of workers motions. 28. A film by Dr. Gilbreth to train World War I soldiers on the assembly and cleaning of the Browning machine gun.

¥ 1:01:39:19- 1:01:49:17
Includes good image from the middle of a road looking at horse-drawn carriages and the first models of cars sharing the road (Montclair, New Jersey). The tree-lined street has what look like apartment buildings. Two men try to cross the street.


Reviewer: Stan L - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2016
Subject: Interesting historical films, dubious info from reviews
These are historical films made by Frank B. Gilbreth, a man famous in the early 20th century for his work on motion study to increase work efficiency and productivity. His family is also the subject of the hilarious book "Cheaper By the Dozen," which is where most people first learn of Gilbreth and his work. Be careful about assumptions made from the written summary and some of the reviewers, however. Frank Gilbreth did not have an earned doctorate (I'm not sure whether he was awarded an honorary doctorate but find no indication of such), so should be referred to as Mr. Gilbreth. The confusion likely comes from the fact that his wife Lillian DID earn a doctorate, in psychology, and was therefore the Dr. Gilbreth that some see references to. Additionally, Mr. Gilbreth was NOT the author of the famous book "Cheaper By the Dozen." Rather, this book was authored by two of his children, Ernestine and Frank, Jr. Such distinctions are needed when performing careful research on these topics.
Reviewer: raycy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2008
Subject: "the simplified keyboard we use today" ?
very high rating.About on explanation of "Original Films Of Frank B Gilbreth (Part 2)"
Shotlist says on 21 " Part of a study of finger motions which led to the simplified keyboard we use today for typewriters. The arrangement of keys was made to distribute work in accordance with finger capacities thus increasing typists productivity."
Is this true that "the simplified keyboard we use today" ?
The simplified keyboard means QWERTY keyboards we commonly use ?
The simplified keyboard we call today , not use ?
Reviewer: Normita - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2007
Subject: Review of the Gilbreth’s bricklaying study
Fascinating! The film speaks volumes by it's self. Thanks for sharing this studies it should reminds us how much we have evolved and expanded from these concepts.
Reviewer: natureying - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 19, 2006
Subject: how to download?
english is not my mothertongue,so i have some difficulty to expressing myself.could you please provide a script about the film"the original films of frank b gilbreth"? and how to download the film?thank you!
Reviewer: cashel - favoritefavorite - December 30, 2003
Subject: myths and truths
As an introduction to the life and work of frank gilbreth, a good start is the book,cheaper by the dozen, by a son and a daughter. The film of the same name is enjoyable bbut pure hollywood fakery. The actor , webb,s portrayal is ridiculous. The real frank gilnreth first worked as a brick layer ..In his career, he actrd with humanity and compassion with people of all levels of society and thus was able to ontain their full cooperation.. The actor, webb would have been treated with hostility , but perhaps webb is portrayal represents the character of many of the later practitionrs of time and motion study .. In thes respect, chaplin ,s modern times ^1936^film is an exposition of the misuse of gilbreth,s work..I believe that gilbreth and his his wife were fine and decent people The prelinger films are not ebtertainment but are a valuable historical resource..Consideration of the gilbreth heritage will produce spirited debate. Perhaps he should have stuck to the study of workers in outdoor activity, such as brick laying and not ventured into factories and offices ?
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 27, 2003
Subject: Watch for the Micro-Chronometer!
These extraordinary films speak volumes about this remarkable man and his accomplishments. Gilbreth, who had 12 kids and was the author of 'Cheaper By The Dozen', was a true renaisssance man, film-maker, inventor, and most importantly, the man who championed the methods of motion study. You have to realize all of this was made in the 1920's, and all of the demonstrations no doubt were to be mechanized in the years to come. So a lot of this is very primitive today. Mind you it is kind of funny to watch how people did tasks and how Gilbreth develops methods of doing it FASTER! While all of this is going on, GIlbreth has his 1910 hand cranked camera recording the action, timing his cranks with his Micro-chronometer. Totally fascinating to watch, this is highly reccomended!
Reviewer: MWesson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2003
Subject: Classic Time-Motion Film Clips
Excellent clips of Gilbreth. Good look at some of the areas he took time/motion study to.

For those not familiar with time-motion study, it was a major step forward in management practices mostly for the manufacturing area. Part of what we now call "Scientific Management" - Gilbreth and Frederick Taylor being the most recognizable names. The general idea is to increase the efficiency of workers by minimizing the movements and creating a most favorable environment for their work. Work smarter, not harder...

Gilbreth, his wife, and kids are the ones highlighted in the popular film "Cheaper by the Dozen" (1950) where he used his kids to help in his motion studies.
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